This Canalside restaurant is an ideal summer hangout

photo from Instagram @libertyhoundbuffalo

photo from Instagram @libertyhoundbuffalo

by Amy Brooks, BDC Editor

It’s summertime in Buffalo, and there’s no place to be but near the water. Whether it’s by the river, lake or on the canal, waterfront dining has gorgeous views, a nice summer breeze and delicious food.

If you work downtown, Liberty Hound is a great place to go for happy hour or to meet up with friends for dinner. If you don’t work downtown, there is definitely enough to do at Canalside and the Naval & Military Park to turn your dinner into a fun night out!

The Food

photo from Instagram @libertyhoundbuffalo

photo from Instagram @libertyhoundbuffalo

With a menu that celebrates seafood from across the US, Liberty Hound has classics like Diver Scallops, Shrimp Po’ Boy and Fish Fry along with creative dishes like tuna nachos made with sushi grade tuna scattered over fried wontons with wakame, shredded carrots, sesame seeds, scallions and sriracha aioli.

If you’re not a fan of seafood, but love waterfront dining, there are plenty of options for you too! Try the fresh Market Salad with strawberries, goat cheese, pecans, arugula, red onion and creamy pecan dressing. Or get the classic Liberty Burger, a Beef on Weck or Chicken & Brie sandwich.

The Drinks

Cocktails at Liberty Hound Buffalo

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Time for a drink? Pick your poison. Love craft beer? Crazy about cocktails? Wine enthusiast? There is something to please any taste on their drink menu.

With a seasonally rotating tap, Liberty Hound has some amazing summer beers including the ever-popular EBC Blueberry Wit and Ommegang’s refreshingly spiced Witte Wheat Ale with notes of orange and coriander. In bottles, there are fan favorites like Abita Purple Haze and Labatt Blue Light.

More of a cocktail person? Try the Liberty Lady Muddled mint, fresh strawberries, blueberries, white rum, lime juice, simple syrup and club soda. Classic cocktail lovers can sit back with a Moscow Mule, Margarita or Dark & Stormy.  

The Liberty Hound also has a wine list complete with both red and white wines to pair with your meal. Try a Jean Bousquet Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 from Argentina or a glass of Cycles Gladiator Pinot Grigio 2012 from Napa, California.

The View

photo from Instagram @libertyhoundbuffalo

photo from Instagram @libertyhoundbuffalo

While indoor seating can be cool and comfortable in the summer, Liberty Hound’s patio extends along the side of the restaurant and out to a dock. The USS Little Rock is docked to one side, Canalside attractions extend beyond the other and across the water you can see grain silos that are lit up in different colors at night.

Guests who want to stop by for a drink or two can also enjoy the outdoor seating. Grab your drink at the bar and head out to the end of the dock for high tables or to lean against the rail and people-watch. Ask if a cocktail waitress is on duty, so you can get refills without walking back inside!

Have you been to Liberty Hound? Leave them a review on their Facebook, or let us know what you think in the comments!

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